Each team may have its coaching staff for the 2023 NFL season set, but it won't be long before rumblings of potential firings start back up.
While the coaches who have earned their tenure won't be going anywhere unless they retire and others like the five who were hired this offseason deserve at least a full season to evaluate, there are plenty of coaches between these stations who are heading into a make-or-break campaigns.
Whether they've been saddled with weak rosters, constrained by the salary cap or had to deal with devastating injuries to key players, they have all managed to keep their jobs despite failing to bring consistent success in recent years. That could change in 2023 as owners grow impatient and want to see results.
With that in mind, here are the coaches with the hottest seats in the league heading into the upcoming campaign.
Dennis Allen, New Orleans Saints
Dennis Allen took on one of the toughest jobs in the league when he inherited a New Orleans Saints squad that was mired in salary-cap hell and lacking a franchise quarterback.
The 50-year-old did his best to keep the organization competitive in his first season as head coach following an eight-year run as the team's defensive coordinator, finishing with a 7-10 record in 2022.
Despite missing the playoffs for the second straight year, things are looking up for the Saints thanks to a strong offseason. They remedied their most glaring roster flaw with the acquisition of veteran quarterback Derek Carr and reinforced a depleted defense through the draft, selecting Bryan Bresee and Isaiah Foskey with their first two selections. They also found a potential heir to Alvin Kamara—who is facing a lengthy suspension for his role an alleged assault in a Las Vegas nightclub in 2022—with the third-round selection of Kendre Miller.
The Saints couldn't afford to make too many splashes on the open market, but they did manage to upgrade the backfield by signing Jamaal Williams—the league's rushing touchdown king—and the defensive trenches with Nathan Shepherd and Khalen Saunders.
Now that the dust of free agency and the draft has settled, New Orleans appears to have a roster that can contend in a wide-open NFC South.
While he has a 15-38 lifetime record across his tenures with both the Oakland Raiders and Saints thus far, Allen is getting one more chance to justify his role. He'll need to show that record isn't indicative of his abilities and shepherd this squad to at least a wild-card berth to keep his job.